Minewater study wins symposium prize

Paper on Jordanian housing types also wins vote of delegates at CIBSE event

The presentation of a case study on the integration of minewater into smart cooling and heating network systems has been voted the ‘Most significant contribution to the art and science of building services engineering’ at the annual CIBSE ASHRAE Technical Symposium.

Eshagh Goudarzi, of London South Bank University, won the prize at the end of the two-day event, which took place last month at the University of Strathclyde, in Scotland. 

The prize for ‘Most effective delivery of a paper’ was awarded to Reham Alasmar, of University College London, for a paper on the ‘Evaluation of energy performance of the most prevalent housing archetypes in Jordan’. 

The papers were voted for by delegates at the end of the sold-out event, which featured keynote speeches by Guru Systems’ Casey Cole, and Chris Twinn, of Twinn Sustainability Innovation. CIBSE President Kevin Mitchell gave the opening address, which introduced the symposium theme: ‘Delivering sustainable, safe and healthy buildings for a net zero future.’

Goudarzi’s paper builds on a feasibility study in Barnsley, Yorkshire, which explored the design of a heat network that uses waste heat from a glass factory and integrates heat and power. The work analysed the subsurface factors, including flowrate, yield, mine void volume, and interconnectivity, which affect the flow and, consequently, the thermal behaviour of the available minewater.

Alasmar’s paper developed a model of Jordanian housing archetypes. Its purpose is to evaluate the impact of a series of suggested improvement scenarios for the Jordanian housing stock, in a bid to reduce its operational carbon impact.

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